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Wales TUC Cymru

Y Rhwydwaith Rhagoriaeth Network of Excellence

Network News December 2011 Please do copy & paste for your own newsletters and circulate widely. Diolch yn fawr, thank you to all who have contributed in 2011 

Wishing all Network members a happy and healthy Christmas and 2012 Following some excellent feedback, we have changed the format of Net News. What do you think? Is it easier and quicker to read? Let me know (but not until January!) In this issue:

St Dynwyn’s Day

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Adult Learners Week

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Free workplace Quals

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Barefoot research

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e-notes

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February Network Meetings 2 ULR Survey final call

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Refurbished Computers – ULRs only! 3 Mine Manager wanted

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Dai Day

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Time to Train

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Outdoor First Aid courses

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20% discount on panto tickets Oh yes there is! 7 Openlearn Wales

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Creative Writing

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World Book Night

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No space for And Finally, so….. What goes oh, oh, oh??

If you are not on the Net News circulation list and want to add your details please contact: Bernice Waugh Network of Excellence Y Rhwydwaith Rhagoriaeth Wales TUC Cymru ebost/e-mail: bwaugh@tuc.org.uk Ffon/Tel: 07917 415601 Same details if you need to unsubscribe.

Answer: Santa walking backwards!!

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February Network of Excellence Meetings Please don’t forget to bring your butties/lunch to these meetings. Tea and coffee will be provided. The agenda is still in draft and will be circulated before the meeting. As usual it will be a mixture of information and briefings, short workshops and, back again, your workplace updates on learning in the workplace! If this will be your first Network Meeting you will be warmly welcomed. We would appreciate your feedback after the meeting.

Thursday 2nd

Cardiff

Age Cymru, Tŷ John Pathy, 13/14 Neptune Court, Vanguard Way, Cardiff CF24 5PJ Tel: - 029 2043 1555 Vanguard Way is off Nettlefold Way, which is off Ocean Way. Not many places to eat in this area so do bring a buttie.

Friday 3rd

Port Talbot

Margam Castle Education Centre, Main Park Office, Margam Country Park, Margam, Port Talbot . SA13 2TJ Plenty of free parking Margam Castle Education Centre, housed in the Tel: - 01639 881635 east wing of Margam Castl

Please bring lunch! The onsite cafe will be closed.

Tuesday 7th

Brecon

The Tourist Information Centre, Cattle Market Car Park, Powys, Brecon LD3 9DA Tel: - 01874 622485 Parking: - with charge The TIC is in the main car park (Cattle Market car park) in the centre of Brecon. There is a Pay and Display car park next to the centre and Brecon can also be reached by bus from mid and south Wales.

Wednesday 8th

Caernarfon

Maxim Training Services Limited, 1 Lon Cae Darbi, Cibyn Industrial Estate, Llanberis Road, Caernarfon, LL55 2BD Tel: (01286) 675 003 There is a cafe on the industrial estate: Caffi Cibyn is rated 5 star by the FSA Caffi Cibyn is situated on the Cibyn Industrial Estate Caernarfon, next door to W.M.O'Grady, Caffi Cibyn is a friendly and clean environment for you to enjoy your breakfast, breakfast baps, Panini’s, toasties, sandwiches, burgers a selection of main meals Vegetarian meals are available. Sit in at our welcoming cafe or to take away, phone orders welcome....01286 674649. Buy tea or coffee and refill for FREE There is also a Spar nearby: - Min-Y-Nant Stores, Llanberis Road, Caernarfon

Aberystwyth there will be a meeting in Aber the week beginning 11th February.

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ULR Survey If you have not yet returned your ULR survey, there is still

time, as we have extended the deadline until the end of the year, and any forms received by 3rd January will be entered into the draw for a book bundle for your branch/workplace. The draw will now take place on 5th January. In case you have mislaid your original copy, we will send out a pdf version tomorrow to everyone we have an email address for. If you haven’t received yours by mid-day, email ajoss@tuc.org.uk for your copy. We will also provide a freepost address for your reply. The survey is essential to help ensure that learning opportunities are of the highest quality possible and meet the needs of all learners. You might be a learner who is not a union rep, who has done other courses, or you may be a union rep that has recently completed a TUC Education course. You might have completed your learning in a college or a learning centre or online. You might have been advised or supported in your learning by a ULR or other rep. Whatever your situation, we would still be very interested in your views and would like you to participate in the survey.

GetOnline@Home - Refurbished computer scheme

Microsoft, have agreed a special arrangement with unionlearn that ULRs can buy up to 6 refurbished computers at the cost of £95 each through the GetOnline@Home scheme www.getonlineathome.org . Microsoft is willing to extend this offer to ULRs in Wales. As I am sure you can imagine, the competition law constraints around the Microsoft products are severe so they are only able to sell below market price in very particular circumstances.

The GetOnline@Home offer is designed for charities and for those who are on particular government benefits. However, they recognize the importance of union learning reps being able to purchase PCs at this special price and they have secured an exception to the regular rules. Anyone who is a union learning representative is able to buy PCs at the rate of £95. If ULRs want to buy more than 6, it will be referred to Clare Riley at Microsoft for approval, (because it might look like someone is buying for resale). All Union Learning Reps can buy good numbers to set up their local learning centres/suites. This is a brilliant offer! Let me know if you take it up and how it all worked out.

Dai Day – Discovery, Achievement, Inspiration. RCN St David's Day 2012 Conference. The conference is free and open to all. The RCN are asking for a £10 deposit, which is refundable on the day. 3


Follow this link for more info, a poster and a booking form http://bit.ly/usn4N7.

Mine Manager, Big Pit: National Coal Museum

Salary: £39,393 - £51,670 per annum Closing date: 31 January 2012 (by 5pm) An opportunity has arisen for an experienced manager to take responsibility for managing the mining operation side of the museum, in particular, the mine maintenance team and the underground team. A 1st class certificate of competency in Mining Engineering. (Managers papers) is therefore essential for this post, which will be responsible for ensuring the Health and Safety at Work of all staff and visitors to the site, including contractors, in accordance with the statutory regulations. http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/jobs/?id=615

Firefighters’ Pension (Wales) Scheme (1992) and New Firefighters’ Pension Scheme (Wales) (2007) This consultation seeks views on the proposed increase in employee contribution rates from 1 April 2012 for members of the Firefighters’ Pension (Wales) Scheme (1992) and New Firefighters’ Pension Scheme (Wales) (2007). Start of consultation: 26/10/2011

End of consultation: 21/12/2011 Related Links Fire and rescue The Welsh Government invites views on the following key proposed changes to the firefighters’ pension schemes in Wales: http://wales.gov.uk/consultations/housingcommunity/newffps/;jsessionid=nSR1Tm SJYrxtP1r0LDqq69JyYvvTFhZy8BjRh9nWxXksK3KbLQPX!-124502640?lang=en

PCS Mentoring Women Course 10 alternate weeks from w/c 20 February 2012 Are you a new/nearly new or thinking about become a PCS rep? This course will show you

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How to be an effective rep Learn how to bring about change, collectively and individually Communication and presentation skills Motivation and organisational Skills Confidence Building Tackling discrimination

Contact days 10 x 1 day a fortnight from Feb 2012. As a mentee you will be supported by a senior PCS rep who has been formally accredited as a mentor. For more information: PCS Wales WULF Project team, Transport House, 1 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9SD Telephone 02920 666363 Fax 02920 666501 E-mail stevedon@pcs.org.uk or jaynes@pcs.org.uk 4


Call for evidence: Reps survey on the right to request time

to train

In April 2010, the right to request time to train became law for larger businesses. Unionlearn want to know how it has affected the work of union reps. The Government is monitoring how successful the law has been and with some groups asking for the right to be abolished; unions are seeking the positive experiences we know workers are having up and down the country. Your responses to this survey are key. The closing date for entries is January 16th so please complete the survey by clicking here. The Previous survey in August 2010 revealed that at that early stage, there was a growing level of activity to promote the right to trade union members and employers. From a response rate of 623 reps: • • • • •

35% of respondents had raised policy and procedural matters with their managers 44% had discussed it at their branch or workplace committee 34% have made members aware of the right through their branch or workplace committee communications 35% had promoted it through their activities on Learning at Work Day 29% said that they had supported a trade union member to formally exercise their right to request time to train

For further information about the right to request time to train including the revised guidance on the employment right, please visit unionlearn's webpage dedicated to the employment right

UK Employer Skills Survey 2011

Please find a link below to a copy of the which provides for the first time UK-wide data on employer demand for labour, skill deficiencies and investment in skills. This First Findings report provides early sight of results across the UK in 2011 at a UK-wide level only. Wales-level information will be available in the more detailed Main Report, to be published in Spring 2012. http://www.ukces.org.uk/publications/ukess-2011-first-findings Please feel free to forward this on to whom you feel could benefit. Should you have any queries, please contact me on 01978 293597 or email r.irving@glyndwr.ac.uk Kindest Regards, Rebecca Rebecca IrvingRegional Provider Network Advocate (North Wales) Adfocad Rhwydwaith Darparydd Rhanbarthol (Gogledd Cymru)

Glyndŵr University Wrexham Prifysgol Glyndŵr Wrecsam

Mold Road, Wrexham, Wales. LL11 2AW.

Ffordd yr Wyddgrug, Wrecsam, Cymru. LL11 2AW. Tel/Ffon: +44(0)1978 293597 / 07803 0191 89 Fax/Ffacs: +44(0)1978 290008

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r.irving@glyndwr.ac.uk www.glyndwr.ac.uk

First Aid courses in the New Year. 2-day Outdoor First Aid Training course on 28-29 January A nationally recognised course focusing on wilderness first aid and remote first aid training techniques. Course contents cover first aid course validation of NGB /coaching awards ML Summer, British Mountain Guide, mountain bike awards, Local Cave and Mine Leader. 1-day Emergency First Aid at Work training courses on 17th January and 21st February The 6-hour course covers dealing with incidents, calling for help, treatment of the unconscious casualty, CPR techniques, dealing with bleeding, contents of a first aid kit and medical emergencies. The HSE has developed this training course to replace the longer First Aid at Work course in low hazard environments. If you require either of these qualifications more course information can be found on the website Diolch / Many thanks Jim M: 07813 727414 James Langley http://www.natureswork.co.uk/first-aid/courses/ Nature's Work provides first aid skills to confidently save lives . We are based on the edge of Snowdonia National Park, north Wales and deliver training courses across the UK.

Cut Costs not Corners: Improving Business Efficiency Doing things right first time and working together can save your organisation time and money. JISC Advance brings you a short series of online events in early 2012 addressing the key theme of Cost Efficiency.

Cloud Computing and the Law with John Kelly of JISC Legal. 19th January 2012 at 10 a.m. The JISC Legal Cloud Computing and the Law Toolkit consists of a series of specialist guidance documents that tackle the legal risk decisions that institutions have now to reevaluate in the context of cloud computing services. The Toolkit has guidance for · Senior Management and Policy Makers · Users at the institution · Senior IT staff as well as a User Guide to Cloud Computing Contracts

Project Management with John Burke of JISC Infonet. 24th January 2012 at 10 a.m. John presents an overview of JISC infoNet’s Project Management infoKit and its related oneday workshop. He will explain when to use Project Management techniques and what you can expect to achieve with them. John will also talk briefly about some of JISC infoNet’s other related resources to manage the implementation of Change, managing Risk and understanding business processes. Getting any of these wrong, John argues, can lead a project to disaster. 6


Event and booking details can be found at http://www.jiscrsc.ac.uk/events.aspx For further information please email events@rsc-wales.ac.uk

Cinderella in Wrexham – special Discount!

In conjunction with the Wales TUC we are offering you an amazing offer this Christmas; 20% off the cost of a family ticket for Cinderella, our traditional family pantomime. This offer is applicable for shows between the 15th and the 21st of December 2011 and all you need to do is us the voucher code __StiwtED5F___ when booking to receive 20% off the price: an undiscounted family ticket is £47, however with the discount you can get this ticket at the amazing price of £37.60! We began a partnership with theatre company LHK Productions last year which resulted in the excellent Snow White starring pop icon Sonia. This year we have again teamed up with LHK Production’s producer Lee Kelly who promises to bring the same mix of sensational songs, captivating costumes and heart-warming humour to Theatr Stiwt for your enjoyment. We appreciate that in Wrexham the choice of which pantomime to watch is vast, however we have had an amazing response from those who saw Snow White last year and we guarantee you won’t be disappointed if you choose us. Big Brother’s infamous Nikki Grahame is starring as our magical Fairy Godmother. Last year’s Snow White is this year’s Cinderella it’s star of stage and screen Alison Crawford who was a contestant on ITV1’s Grease is the Word. Dandini is played by Big Brother 9’s hunk Dale Howard, who is once again treading the boards after playing Prince Valiant last year. Prince Charming is the excellent local talent, former member of boy-band 3SL and star of MTV Andy Scott-Lee. Joining them on stage are local actors Michael Chapman and Steve Davies as the Ugly Sisters, Richard Wood as Buttons and the famous Lucken’s Shetland Ponies are even making an appearance. This promises to be a show you will never forget. We hope you take advantage of this fantastic offer and see you over Christmas. For more information or to book your tickets with the discount please call 01978 844053 or visit www.stiwt.co.uk Yours faithfully, Andrew Maskall Marketing & Education Manager

Prospect Prospect union has just launched a great series of podcasts on career advice, looking at selling your strengths, effective CVs and preparing for interviews. The resources are publicly and freely available to all so please do click the following link to have a listen. http://www.prospect.org.uk/adviceandservices/careers 7


Prospect members can also get a free careers counselling session with OPUS2 by using the above link.

OpenLearn Wales: a window on Wales and on a new learning experience

OpenLearn Wales brings together a collection of free educational resources about Wales. These are designed not only for Welsh people or people living in Wales, but for anyone anywhere in the world wishing to be informed about Welsh society, its history, culture and landscape. OpenLearn Wales is also a portal for other important open educational resources that are provided from Wales. The specific Welsh content you can find in OpenLearn is: • Welsh history and its sources • Aberdulais Falls: a case study in Welsh heritage • Contemporary Wales • Croeso: Beginners' Welsh • Am I ready to study in English? Plus hundreds more free learning materials In addition to the Welsh content, OpenLearn has over 600 other courses available for free at a click of a button. Whether it’s a five minute exploration or a 50 hour expedition into learning that you’re after, you’ll find it on OpenLearn. Link to OpenLearn Wales: http://www8.open.ac.uk/choose/ou/openlearnwales?samsredir=1320055644

The story of Wales

Next year the BBC presenter Huw Edwards is to tell the story of Wales from prehistory to modern times, in a landmark television series made by BBC Cymru Wales in partnership with the Open University. The Story of Wales, a six-part series is due to be shown on BBC One Wales early in 2012 and across the BBC network later in the year. Presenting the series is "a dream come true for me", says Huw Edwards "How could any Welsh broadcaster not be energised by the challenge of telling the nation’s story? The Story of Wales needs to engage audiences in Wales and beyond. After all, we have a great story to tell.” The Open University offers a course on the history of Wales to accompany the series (A182) ‘Small country, big history: themes in the history of Wales’. http://www3.open.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/course/a182.htm

ULR Conference 2011 The photos (the evidence!) are now available on Flickr here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/walestuc/sets/72157628109335809/

Would you like an opportunity to attend the ULR Conference next year? Make sure that Linsey, limms@TUC.org.uk has your email address, your union, 8


contact number, home address and your place of work so she can send you an invite. The ULR conference 2012 will be in north Wales.

Creative Writing and Reading in Health and Social Care This project is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Contact: Alys Conran (Project Manager) 01766 523 737 alys@tynewydd.org

Creative writing and reading can improve mood, wellbeing, encourage the development of emotional insight as well as of literacy. This new project, based in Tŷ Newydd, aims to develop the use of creative writing and reading in health and social care. Ty Newydd is developing courses in Writing in Health and Social Care to increase the opportunities available to writers and health and social care professionals to train in the field. This project will also reach out to those often excluded from the arts for social or personal reasons by developing outreach projects in health and social care which will lead to tailored courses at Tŷ Newydd. We are also working in partnership to develop Reading for Wellbeing in Gwynedd and across North Wales.

Later Life: Quality Care Matters 25th January 2012, The Barbican, London

This Event is CPD Certified

The UK's population is getting older. With this change comes a significant rise in demand for health and social care services. The Health and Social Care Bill sets out the government's plans to reform the NHS, making it more resilient to the impact of our ageing population. Integration is a central focus of the health reforms, and there is considered to be a real opportunity to address the issue of integrating health and social care around older people's needs. Book Online View Full Programme At Public Service Events' third annual Later Life conference, delegates will have the opportunity to hear from an outstanding programme of high-profile speakers about the latest developments in health and social care for our ageing population. View Highlights of Later Life 2011 below: http://publicservice-tv.co.uk/media/JPvNHhOgG49pvmtM5q_w7Q..a? ts=id9B0ezysvUkvSW7eWtJxQ..a

Shelter Cymru Training Shelter Cymru is Wales’ people and homes charity. They have very good training courses that are suitable for ULRs, shop stewards and branch officers who want to be better able to support members. See the whole training programme for 2012 and on- line booking, click here o training@sheltercymru.org.uk

Connected Learners Cymru Have you had a look at this website yet? Connected Learners Cymru is a website open to all ULRs and union learners. There is loads 9


of excellent info on this site: - course info, events, how to do section, videos, blogs, photos, comment sections and more... Connected Learners Cymru. Go to this link and register (it’s free) http://connectedlearnerscymru.ning.com/

World Book Night 2012

Sign up now to be a World Book Night 2012 Giver! We're looking for 20,000 passionate book lovers from all over the UK to give copies of one of the World Book Night books to non or light readers within your community. Givers will be chosen based on where, to whom and why you want to give the books To apply to be a giver, for more information and terms and conditions visit worldbooknight.org Several ULRs and project officers (and me!) successfully applied for books to give away last year. Go on, it won’t take more than 40 odd minutes of your time and you will give hours of pleasure to people in your branch/community!

Quick Reads 2012

Fall in love with reading!

We're delighted to announce our new titles for 2012. We have a fantastic list this year, all of which will be available as paperbacks and eBooks: The UK titles are: Full House by Maeve Binchy The Cleverness of Ladies by Alexander McCall Smith Quantum of Tweed: The Man with the Nissan Micra by Conn Iggulden

The Little One by Lynda La Plante Beyond the Bounty by Tony Parsons Amy’s Diary by Maureen Lee Get the Life You Really Want by James Caan Doctor Who: Magic of the Angels by Jacqueline Rayner

The Wales and Welsh-language titles are: Earnie: My Life at Cardiff City by Robert Earnshaw Going for Gold: Welsh Olympic Dreams for 2012 Finger Food by Helen Lederer Why Do Golf Balls Have Dimples? Weird and Wonderful Facts of Everyday Life by Wendy Sadler

Y Swans by Geraint Jenkins Cymru a’r Gemau Olympaidd by John Meurig Hunllef by Manon Steffan Ros Miss Cymru, Courtenay Hamilton with Alun Gibbard

As in previous years we'll be providing resources to support all the titles and employer packs for use in the workplace. We will continue to run the very popular Family Reading Breakfasts as well as all new Reading Breaks in the workplace and Quick Reads reading groups. Find out more at, http://www.cllc.org.uk/ymgyrchoedd-campaigns/dyll-wbd-2012

Annual World Book Day Lecture

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Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay Tuesday, 28 February 2012 Guest speaker: Ann Keane, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector Organised by the Welsh Books Council For further details, contact menai.williams@cllc.org.uk

Quick Reads from Wales launch on St Dynwen’s Day As “Fall in love with reading” is a major theme for Quick Reads in 2012, the titles from Wales will be launched on 25 January, the Day of Saint Dwynwen, Wales’s patron saint of lovers. The UK and Ireland titles will be launched on Valentine’s Day, 14 February, and this will mark the start of a festival of reading which incorporates Quick Reads, World Book Day and World Book Night, providing lots of opportunities to create exciting events and activities around the new books. Quick Reads is going electronic this year, replacing our paper mailer with html e-mailers. Register here to be sure to receive these e-mails. If you are on Twitter, follow us @Quick_Reads for latest news, special author interviews and more. Emma Cliffe of Quick Reads at NIACE, said, 'Businesses, have identified that literacy initiatives in the workplace improve productivity, attendance and morale, and help workers feel more confident in their jobs and more positive about their future careers. Quick Reads have been an integral part of helping many thousands of people to read, complete and enjoy a book for the first time in their lives - something they thought would never happen. They then go on to read more and more and pass on their love of reading to their friends and family.' Are you organising a reading event for St Dynwyn’s Day? Share your information and story with other ULRs - let Net News know.

A Quick Reads reading break for World Book Day

Niace is calling on businesses to hold Reading Breaks to encourage more people to fall in love with reading on World Book Day 2012 (Thursday 1 March 2012) following publication of new Quick Reads from best-selling authors including Maeve Binchy, Alexander McCall Smith, James Caan and Tony Parsons. On World Book Day 2011 hundreds of schools held Family Reading Breaks where parents and carers joined their children in finding out more about books and how they could help each other explore and enjoy the world of reading together. For the next World Book Day, NIACE is hoping that workplaces will get involved to help reluctant readers discover a passion for books. To help make these Reading Breaks a success, comprehensive packs for workplaces, complete with copies of the new titles (and a display stand for workplaces only), can be ordered from www.quickreads.org.uk/reading-breaks. 11


Research, including NIACE's recent literacy inquiry, shows that parents' reading habits are the single most important factor in children's literacy and reading www.quickreads.org.uk

Adult Learners Week Yes it’s time to start planning again! Niace Dysgu Cymru would like your ideas of how The Peoples’ Collection can be used during Adult Learners’ Week.

What is the People's Collection Wales? People’s Collection Wales is a place to discover and learn, contribute your own content and share the story of your Wales with the world. http://www.peoplescollectionwales.co.uk/ Niace DC wants to recruit “champions” to promote its use in ALW 2012. If you want to be involved in your local Learning Festival, contact me and I will put you in touch with your nearest Learning festival Group. Rachel Jones Regional Coordinator North Wales NIACE Dysgu Cymru Tel/Ffôn: 029 2037 0900 Web/Gwe: www.niacedc.org.uk

Healthy Working Wales: Free support to maintain and improve the health and well-being of staff. In Wales, on average, sickness absence costs employers £659 per employee each year. However, it is estimated that sickness absence can be reduced by 20-50% with effective practices in the workplace. The Welsh Government’s workplace health programme, ‘Health Working Wales’ provides a range of free programmes to support employers to maintain and improve the health and well-being of staff. • Workboost Wales provides free occupational health, safety and return to work advice to employers, including on-site visits from a specialist adviser. Telephone: 0845 609 6006. • The Corporate Health Standard and Small Workplace Health Award provide free support and advice for businesses and organisations to develop health and wellbeing policies and initiatives in the workplace, recognised through awards. Telephone: 0845 609 6006. • The Health at Work Advice Line Wales provides free and confidential advice from an occupational health nurse on supporting an employee with a health condition, in all sectors. Telephone: 0800 107 0900. • Welsh Backs provides advice and resources for managing back pain at work. Further information and employer resources are available at: www.healthyworkingwales.com

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The Wales Trades Union Congress is a partner in the Health, Work and Well-being Action Plan for Wales, and is actively promoting and championing Healthy Working Wales to its members. Currently, over 140 businesses / organisations have achieved the Corporate Health Standard / Small Workplace Health Award, and a further 120 employers are engaged and working towards awards. Through these employers, Healthy Working Wales is reaching over 25% of people employed in Wales.

Angela, Anne & the E. P. Angela Baugh and Anne Jenkins from Wales TUC promote the Employer Pledge. They encourage employers to take an active part and work with ULRs and providers to encourage the take up of learning in the workplace. They offer advice on the part that Wales Union Learning Fund (WULF) can play in basic skills learning. Workshops and seminars about the Essential Skills/Employer Pledge benefits are another key aspect of their role. Want to know more about the EP? Abaugh@tuc.org.uk and Ajenkins@tuc.org.uk

FREE workplace qualifications Employer Pledge Improve team performance, efficiency and the confidence of your workforce  Less wastage of materials  Fewer customer complaints  Reduced staff turnover  Courses tailored to your needs such as -Effective Communication at Work, English, Email, NVQ Support Workshop, Practical Maths and the Internet, Understanding your Payslip, Effective Writing Skills at Work, and many more! INTERESTED? Contact – Anne Reardon-James June Jenkins Essential Skills Manager Employer Pledge Project Leader Cardiff and Vale College – Barry Cardiff and Vale College –Barry jjenkins@cavc.ac.uk areardon-james@cavc.ac.uk Tel – 01446 725000 ext. 249 Tel – 01446 725000 ext. 317

Level 2 Basic Skills Support Course

We have a Level 2 support course starting in the New Year; aimed at basic skills workplace champions, union learning reps and anyone involved with training and supporting staff in the workplace. The course will start in the New Year in Parc Menai, Bangor from 9.30-16.30 on 10th February 2012 The units are: Engaging and signposting adults and young people as essential skills learners Supporting literacy learners Supporting adults and young people in essential skills learning All assessment is portfolio based. All attendees will need a placement to complete the supporting units/assignments, including 1 to 1 and group support. ADT can assist with

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placements on a first come first serve basis. Placements may also take place in your workplace where we are/may be delivering the Employer Pledge programme. If you are interested in the course or you know of anyone who it may benefit then please contact me Kind Regards, Louise Lawrence Tiwtor Uwch Sgiliau Hanfodol/Senior Essential Skills Tutor Hyffordiant Arfon Dwyfor Training Ltd 01286 677275 louise@adt-ltd.com

Barefoot Research: A Workers' Manual for Organising On Work Security

This manual has been developed to help empower workers to increase their level of control over their own work situations, to protect their health and well being, and to improve their level of basic security. This is a practical guide, providing workers, with tools to: identify work security problems, tackle problems from a worker centred perspective, use barefoot research tools, use the results of Barefoot Research to improve their work security, organize for work security. The manual was developed by the International Labour Office, but is now hosted by the TUC. It is for free distribution and we encourage groups to make their own wide distribution of this unique tool." You can either download the manual in full or section by section: Download the full Worker's Manual for Organising On Work Security (6.65Mb PDF) Download Worker's Manual for Organising on Work Security section by section (you will need Adobe Acrobat to view these files, click here for free downloads of this software)

Contact details for your Trade Union Education Centre: Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil & Swansea Richard Young tel: 01656 302511 Email: ryoung@bridgend.ac.uk

Newport Roy McCabe tel: 01633 466061 Email: roy.mccabe@coleggwent.ac.uk Wrexham Nick Taylor tel: 01978 318866 Email: n.taylor@fc.harlech.ac.uk

Cardiff Terri Bishop tel: 01443 412 412 Email: t.bishop@swales.wea.org.uk

WEA South Wales Centre Union Learning Reps Stage 1 • •

5 Fridays from 13th January • •

The Role of the Learning Rep Frontline Advice & Guidance

Union Learning Reps stage 2 • •

7 Coopers Yard Curran Rd., Cardiff CF10 Preparing a Questionnaire Interviewing Skills

5 Fridays from 24th February

Understanding Basic Skills Learning Partnerships

• Working with Employers Working with WULF ( Wales Union Learning fund )

To apply please contact Terri on 01443 412412 or email t.bishop@weasouthwales.org.uk

New online courses for reps

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Online learning can offer a convenient and effective solution for reps looking to develop their skills and knowledge. Union Learning Reps Stage 1 9th Green Reps 7th May JanNext Steps for Safety Reps (Stage 2)16th Jan Disability Champions 11th June Please contact Wales TUC Education Team Tel: 029 2034 7010 Email: jrees@tuc.org.uk http://www.unionlearn.org.uk/extrasUL/Education/TUEDbrochures/Wales.pdf

eNotes As part of the European Commission funded DeLTTUE project, TUC Education have produced a series of informative and interactive learning modules. Starting with an introduction to the new rights for fathers to take additional paternity leave, these short self-study briefings, or eNotes, will help union reps to develop and update their knowledge of key issues that may impact upon their workplace. The eNotes include short videos, quizzes and links to supporting information. The Additional Paternity Leave eNote takes a comprehensive look at the new rights; it introduces the background to the changes, explains the choices it offers to fathers and their families and provides essential information and advice to union reps to help them deal with issues raised by colleagues about these changes. To take a look at the Additional Paternity Leave eNote visit http://goo.gl/JqsCo eNotes due out soon include: 'Fit' Notes, Vulnerable Workers, Building a Stronger Workplace Union, Union Reps and the Environment For further information about the DeLTTUE project and the eNotes contact Craig Hawkins, TUC Education's Online Learning Officer e: chawkins@tuc.org.uk

Wales TUC Learning Services For information, advice and guidance on workplace learning in your area and for advice on redundancy and REACT 2 contact: North – Barbara Hale Mid – Mark Rees West – Roger Jones South – Kevin Williams

07747 775393 0776250082 07833 158627 07747 775658

South - Deri Bevan All Wales: Linsey Imms Katrina Wood

07769 971336 07766 250827 07799 414843

The TUC Pocket Guide to Organising and Campaigning The guide contains sections on the essential skills for organising, how to carry out effective research, building an organising team, putting together a campaign plan, campaigning with others beyond the workplace and evaluating your campaign activity. We're making the guide available via an interactive PDF and hard copies which are available from the TUC Organising Team at Congress House. Download and/or order hard copies: http://www.tuc.org.uk/union/tuc-20255-f0.cfm 15


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NoE December 2011 Bulletin